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Wow! There sure is a lot going on these days! I have missed blogging but am very appreciative that Katie, Steph, and Terra have been able to more than pick up for my blogging slack!
The past month has been the biggest and brightest month in the history of Simon Says Stamp! Such exciting things have been happening and I have barely been able to stop and catch my breath. It all started with the addition to our warehouse. We added about 33% more space to our existing 2 warehouses and moved into the new addition. Thanks to a wonderful (and much needed!) team of "helpers" - Courtney, Sarah, Morgan, Amy, Kelly, Jackie, Raquel (oh I hope I am not forgetting someone?????) we are all moved into our new space. Adding new shelving, labelling, organizing, thank you bags, storage and much more kept these girls busy!
We also were able to keep record fast shipping times during this busy holiday season! Shipping 7 days a week keeps us busy, but we LOVE it! I can honestly say that this is not my job - this is my passion! There is never a meal or conversation with my hubby where we are not talking about Simon. It's a dream to be able to work with such wonderful people and share our common love of creating art with each other. It is an honor and a priviledge to be able to supply so many folks with the freshest, most innovative and beautiful objects in the world to make their own and with which to create art!
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas brought a lot of enthusiastic stampers looking for just the right stamps and accessories. Of course, we had the supplies! Whenever Tim used a supply we didn't have, we made sure to get it in stock for you guys right away (Vellum, sanding blocks, metal sheets!). It's our goal to be one stop shopping and Tim Holtz 12 Tags is no exception! Saying it kept Terra and I on our toes EVERY day managing inventory and getting orders shipped out as quickly as humanly possible - is an understatement! Thanks Tim for your genius ideas and inspiration! Thanks Mario for your enthusiasm and additions / chats to twitter and facebook for us all to enjoy!
Did you see Hero Arts 2010 Catalog release!? We are honored to be one of Hero Arts' premier stores and are one of the first stores in the world to get their new stamps and products for 2010! Thanks to our wonderful helpers, we were able to get over a thousand stamps put away, labelled and listed right away for customers to enjoy as quickly as possible.
Have you visited Wendy Vecchi's blog?! She was a guest designer on our Simon Says Stamp challenge blog recently. Terra and I were lucky enough to cruise to Mexico with Wendy and Tim Holtz in October. It really opened our eyes to what a beautiful and creative artist Wendy is. Have you made art lately? Be inspired by Wendy and her blog! She is a sweet and funny person and a mega talented artist! Thank you Wendy for guest designing for us and allowing us to sponsor a cool prize on your blog!
Oh, ....also, Simon Says Stamp is the vendor of the month at All Things Tim Holtz group! This is an bright, and talented group. Thanks to this wonderful group for following Tim's 12 Tags and welcoming our Simon team into their family!
Do you Twitter? We started tweeting this month! Do you facebook? We are there too? If you haven't joined, please consider it! It's a great way for you to hear about new products, see fun ideas, AND we do special prizes and promotions for our followers!
All of this is happening during the busiest time of year - The Christmas and Holiday Season! WOW!
It is a season for thanking and I have to pay my deepest thanks to a supportive, talented, energetic, delightful group of women - our core team here at Simon - Terra, Amber, Stephanie, Katie, Carla for the past year and even past YEARS! Simon would not be able to offer such a tremendously diverse range of products if it weren't for these ladies! Please know, I mean this with all of my heart! We are a diverse group of ladies who come together in a magical way. Coming into the offices each day is a fresh and fun experience because these women have such heart. We come together with a common goal! The depth of care and concern that they have to make our customers happy is astounding! We are constantly brainstorming on ways to improve our business and expand our products. Every single day - and I mean every single day - at least one of these women touch my life in a positive way. Thank you ladies! Really, Thank you thank you! Friends are the family that we choose and I am blessed to have family like you!
There is another very special family around us here at Simon. Most of us have not had the opportunity to meet face to face - but our Design Team has been a splendid addition to the Simon Family! These girls work hard every week to provide inspiration to the Challenge readers and participants. With one of the most successful Challenge Blogs in the industry, these girls have done an amazing job in 2009! Please pop by and participate whenever you can. It can be a lovely creative outlet for you! Lols, Chris, Jo, Debby, Timea, Domi, Anna, Iris and Kim - Thank you for giving us something so beautiful to see every day! Jay Jay, Bev, and Rach have also given us some spectacular showcases this year too! You add a special beauty to our office and we look every week in eager anticipation to see your new creations! It's a Christmas Challenge this week - with a GREAT PRIZE - what are you waiting for?
2010 looks to be a very promising year for Simon Says Stamp! Thank you for enjoying (I HOPE!) the ride with us. In January, we will be trekking to Anaheim California to meet with vendors and be the first to see new, exciting, innovative, fun products for 2010 at the Craft and Hobby Association world trade show. I look forward to meeting some design team members - like Jay Jay, and seeing what new products we HAVE TO HAVE for 2010! Tim Holtz is coming out with 12 new colors, more tools and a great line of new dies! Basic Grey's new releases SUGAR RUSH and ORIGINS lines will be here SOON! (probably Monday). OOOOH! I can't wait to see what else is around the corner.
Stay tuned for Design Team information too! We are looking for designers and will be publishing information in January! More contests, videos, and ideas to come! Be sure to let us know if you are looking for something or would like to see more of something!
Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope it is a merry and bright season for each of you!
**A special note of thanks to my great hubby, Jason and my son, Jaxon. It is not uncommon for me to work long and strange hours, and these guys have been very flexible and understanding. Thank you to my extended family - Kristin, Chera, and Britt for taking care of my little guy when I am not there.
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